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Human Rights: Conferences

Volume 473: debated on Friday 14 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which issues were raised by the UK representative at the 31 August 2007 preparatory conference for Durban II on (a) anti-Semitism, (b) Holocaust education and (c) the UK’s view of the events of Durban I. (194165)

The Presidency of the European Union spoke on behalf of all member states at the August 2007 Durban Review Conference preparatory committee. As outlined in the response I gave to my hon. Friend on 28 February 2008 Official Report, columns 1822-23W, the agenda has not yet been discussed in detail. The Government takes work on Holocaust education and remembrance very seriously. Article 58 of the Durban declaration made clear that the Holocaust must not be forgotten. We will seek opportunities with our EU partners to give Holocaust education and remembrance appropriate attention as negotiations continue.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish the minutes of preparatory meetings for Durban II. (194166)

The UN published a report of the first session of the Preparatory Committee on its website, which can be accessed at:

http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/racism/groups/prep_ committee_durban/docs/prepcomdraft.doc.

Reports of future meetings will be published on the same website.